9/11 was one of the worst days in history for America. Fifteen years later, 11/9 is definitely another day to mourn. Many of us decide to participate in the Au Pair program in America because it’s a country who pride themselves on the opportunity and freedom of speech. From the Chrysler building, Golden Gate Bridge, Niagara Falls, Grand Canyon National Park, to Liberty Bell, Las Vegas and so much more, United States of America is one of the greatest countries to achieve great things worldwide. From the likes of Albert Einstein, Stephen King, Leonardo DiCaprio, Abraham Lincoln, Beyonce and other hard-working individuals, America has continued to help empower its residents.
On November 9th, it was announced on national news that Trump will be the 45th President of the United States of America. Anger, hate, worry and fear were all emotions to rush through any soul (anyone with a conscience, that is). If you’re an international Au Pair in America with an ethnic background and worried what this might mean for you, fear not and have hope! Don’t forget you’re in the country legally and you have a J1 Visa as well as a DS-2019 (make sure to keep the original stored away securely and make copies!)
Trump won’t become president until Friday, January 20th 2017 so for au pairs returning to their native country at the end of 2016, lucky you! For others, fear not! It’s not the end of the world. It’s been one year, four months and twenty-four days since Trump began his presidential campaign. He’s said some pretty vulgar comments aimed at ethnic minorities, women, LGBT and Muslims. From calling Mexicans “rapists,” body shaming women and “grabbing them by the pussy,” stating he would date his own daughter, Trump’s character has been and always will be a controversial debate.
But don’t worry my fellow au pairs, we’re all in this together (I’ve watched High School Musical way too many times with my host kids). America will survive. They’ve survived the Pearl Harbour in 1941, Hurricane Sandy in 2012, American Civil War in 1865 and they will survive President Trump.
The truth of the matter is, no matter how racist, sexist, xenophobic Trump is, love trumps hate. It is worrying that so many Americans voted for Trump to be president, but please remember that some Americans voted for Trump despite of his racist and sexist comments. Some think he can make America great again (whatever that means). You may feel unwelcome at times, but your host family has invited you into their home and welcomed your cultural differences – be proud of that.
Despite the outcome of the U.S elections, the world will always have people who are cruel, but there will always be people who are caring and kind. It’s up to us as individuals to remain hopeful, to bring people together despite the color of one’s skin, race, sexual orientation, religion, etc. Let’s not allow Trump to divide America, but bring us together as one nation, to express love for every individual out there as positive role models who are proud of their ethnic background and take on the great responsibility of being an au pair in America.
If you’re feeling at all scared or worried, don’t forget to contact your Local Child Consultant to voice your concerns. Talk to your host parents and tell them how you feel, talk to other au pairs and educate yourselves on U.S politics and most importantly, educate your host kids too. You’re there to care for them. Help raise them to be kind and to love each and every single human being in the world.